Looking On The Bright Side of Snowmobiling

Five Bright Tips for Safe Snowmobiling It’s almost winter! And of course, it’s another season of new wind-chapped adventures with your snowmobile!You sure don’t need another lecture on the risks of riding your winter cruiser — you know them already. So none of those obvious tips such as “never ride without a helmet” or “stay away from the dark,” etc. What can be actually useful, however, are a few snowmobile safety tips you may not have thought of yourself. Here are 5: 1. Take care of snowmobile.
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Half of snowmobile safety is what you do before you hit the powder — and it’s more than filling the gas and cleaning the windshield. At the beginning of riding season, your snowmobile should get a complete check: spark plugs and filters replaced, battery cleaned and charged, and all fluids topped off. As you ride, keep up with your basic snowmobile maintenance routines such as ski alignment, brake inspection and chassis lubrication every number of weeks.
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2. Remember: SPIDE. SPIDE is an acronym that can save your life: S – Scan your surroundings often and don’t stick to one field of vision for too long. P – Predict the worst to avoid getting off guard. I – Identify perils in advance. D – Decide on your actions before dangers can come near. E – Execute what you have planned. 3. Relax and let loose. Riding tense will make you plow straight ahead.To be more flexible, you have to be limber.When you make a turn, your entire head must turn in that direction. As well, you can learn to move your lower body around the sled. For a lot of riders, their natural tendency is to use their arms when changing course when it’s actually the legs that can dictate your snowmobile’s path best. 4. Stay away from frozen water. Every little nasty riding condition is out there on the water — lack of traction, unpredictable behavior from other snowmobilers, cracking ice, and all the rest. Though some riders still decide to brave the ice, if you want to be safe, just turn around and move the other way. 5. Have company or use a satellite system. It’s always good to ride with at least one person so you can watch each other; if that’s not possible, map out your route and tell friends and family back home. Or invest in a GPS messenger that allows you to link with social networks, even in the farthest areas. Best of all, if you ever crash, a GPS messenger will alert nearby rescue centers, providing you and your loved ones peace of mind. This tool won’t be for free, but the difference it can make is huge in terms of your safety.